My 6 Favorite Things From The 2014 CrossFit Games
|August 4, 2014||Posted by Sarah under CrossFit|
The CrossFit Games are like no other sporting event I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been to some major events, like the Stanley Cup Finals and the Indianapolis 500, but this was something else entirely. The community, the camaraderie, the athleticism…unparalleled! I could go on and on about it, but instead I thought I’d share some of my favorite things about the games.
1. My First View of the Stadium
Walking into the soccer stadium for the first time was AMAZING! I had seen it on TV in prior years, but being there and seeing the actual scale of the games gave me chills. Also, the final heat of the Big Bob 100 started right when we walked in and it was crazy to see those teams move that sled. I knew right away this was going to be an amazing weekend!
2. Vendor Village
You don’t find many CrossFit products in mainstream athletic stores like Dick’s and Sports Authority, so buying gear online becomes the norm. Well not here…there were a TON of booths full of apparel, accessories and the newest in fitness equipment. You could try things out, try things on and chat with the companies directly. Here are 2 shirts that I got…LOVE the Kettlebell Monster one from one of my favorite apparel shops, SoRock. I had picked up a few fun things at Regionals and was happy to see them there again!
Some of the vendors has also set up mini-challenges at their booth which attracted a lot of attention. Human X (the company that sponsored the contest I won) had a great rig set up with a few barbells for people to test their strength. It was really fun to watch!
3. The GIANT Reebok store
The highlight of the Vendor Village was the GIANT Reebok. There was so much great CrossFit gear…I just wanted to buy everything! However since the Games actually started with the Masters competition 3 days prior, a lot of sizes were gone and mainly only XS and S was left. Yeah this girl isn’t fitting into either of those sizes!
While there I got to try on the new Nano 4.0s and instantly fell in love! I didn’t think anything out beat my 2.0s but these seemed magical! I didn’t love any of the colors they had, so I going to splurge and make a custom pair….totally worth it. I also tried on a pair of the Lifter 2.0s since I’ve been really wanting a pair of lifting shoes. Again I didn’t like the colors they had available there, but it did lead to this purchase as soon as I got home 🙂
4. The Air Conditioned Beer Tent
I don’t really think this needs explanation. There was beer AND air conditioning (yes it was pretty warm at the Games) which made it an awesome place! You can see a lot of other people agreed.
5. Seeing My CrossFit Idols
Front and center in that photo are Rich Froning and Jason Khalipa…two legends in the sport of CrossFit and I got to see them in action. Super cool! I was especially excited to see Jason Khalipa because not only is he an amazing athlete, but he is a stellar businessman and just an all around humble and nice guy. He is someone I look up to in many areas of life.
And let’s not forget the kickass ladies! Seeing women in the team competition deadlift over 350 pounds was stunning. Then to see some of my idols like Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Julie Foucher and Annie Thorisdottir not only do things I could never dream of doing, but also have all 3 land on the podium was probably the most inspiring thing of the weekend. We ladies can kick some serious ass and they somehow manage to still look good doing it!
6. Watching the Final WOD…My Favorite WOD
To get into the tennis stadium to see the final WODs of the day, you needed a fancy gold band. Well on our last day, those amazing folks at Human X were nice enough to give B and I two of theirs. WOW.
The final WOD was Grace…my favorite WOD, so this was even more exciting! Grace is 30 clean & jerks for time at 135# for men and 95# for women. This is my favorite WOD because those are my two favorite movements. I first met Grace at the Barbells for Boobs charity event last year and let’s just say these athletes put my performance to shame. Plus, not only did they do Grace, but they did DOUBLE Grace! Most athletes completed that in less time than it took me to do the normal version…super human I tell ya!
If that wasn’t exciting enough, we also got to see Rich Froning dominate the last 2 events and take the title of Fittest Man on Earth for the 4th year in a row,and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet finally won her first Games after years of competition. Want to see it for yourself? Check it out:
And those are my favorite things. There was so much to see and experience that weekend that it’s still kind of hard to wrap my brain around the fact that I was actually there. Now the questions is, do I start saving now so I can go again next year???
Were you at the CrossFit Games or did you watch it? What were your favorite things?